…as UNIJOS, UNN, others prepare for re-match
Action resumes on Wednesday (today) at the ongoing Higher Institution Football League after going on break to allow the players and officials celebrate the Salah festival.
OAU Giants will play host to the UI Pioneers in a highly anticipated return leg fixture at the Obafemi Awolowo University Sports Complex. The match promises plenty of nail biting excitement going by the thrill of first leg encounter between both teams which ended in an exciting 3-3 draw.
In Zaria, ABU Nobles welcomes Unilorin Warriors to the ABU Stadium, while lsewhere in Kwale, the DELSU Titans will be banking on home support when they slug it out with the Sharks from Uniport in a make or mar duel that will see just one of both teams qualify to the next round.
Rounding off the matches, the UAM Tillers will be hoping to take full advantage of their one goal scored away in Maiduguri, when they host the UNIMAID Dessert warriors at the Aper Aku Stadium after a tough 1:1 encounter in Maiduguri.
Meanwhile, the HiFL has announced that there will be a replay of two of its last return leg fixtures. The matches in question, includes the Unijos Highlanders against ATBU Braveheart which was played in Jos and the UNICAL Malabites versus UNN Lions match which was held in Calabar a fortnight ago.
Explaining the reason behind the replay, chairman, technical review committee of the league, Alhaji Ahmed Gara Gombe, intimated that the rematch became necessary against the backdrop of the inconclusive nature of the two matches in question and revealed that the matches will be played behind closed doors in neutral locations; FCT Abuja and Umudike, Abia State respectively.
The winner of the HiFL will represent Nigeria at the 2019 International University Sports Federation Games in Naples, Italy.